IPL 2020 will now be held in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Chairman confirmed on Tuesday. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 to be played from 19th September to 8th November. It will be a full-fledged tournament, confirmed Brijesh Patel, IPL Chairman on Friday. Thirteenth season of IPL which was postponed in April now seems taking shape as venue is set to UAE. Earlier due to current situation of COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures by Government of India, the IPL Governing Council and BCCI decided that IPL 2020 stands suspended till further notice. "IPL 2020 that was postponed due to coronavirus will now be held in the UAE. We have applied for the government's permission. We will discuss the further course of action in IPL General Councill," said Brijesh Patel, IPL Chairman.
”The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and as such, the BCCI along with the Franchise Owners, Broadcaster, Sponsors and all the Stakeholders acknowledge that the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so", says Jay Shah Honorary Secretary of BCCI.
Secretary Shah also added that BCCI will continue to monitor the situation and work upon the potential start date in a closed partnership with all of its stakeholders. He added that they will continue to take guidance from the Government of India and other Regulatory bodies. The BCCI has contributed Rs 51 crore to the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund to help fight the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 to be played from 19th September to 8th November. It will be a full-fledged tournament: Brijesh Patel, IPL Chairman pic.twitter.com/QsULr9EqtZ— ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2020
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The coronavirus crisis has led to several sporting events being postponed or cancelled. The Tokyo Olympics, originally scheduled to be held from July this year, has been delayed by a year. Wimbledon has been cancelled, while the French Open has been postponed till later in the year. Several cricket series have also been called off or postponed, including South Africa's tour of India for three One-day Internationals (ODIs).
IPL 2020, that was postponed due to coronavirus, will now be held in the UAE. We have applied for the government's permission. We will discuss the further course of action in IPL General Council: Brijesh Patel, IPL Chairman pic.twitter.com/aD0OndcQ1Q— ANI (@ANI) July 21, 2020
The coronavirus crisis has also cast doubt on the T20 World Cup, which is slated to start in October in Australia. Recently hopes came out from the ongoing bilateral series between England and West Indies in Wales.